I began a second career as a fine art consultant after leaving the building business.  Being so close to art and artists was a constant reminder of the dream I had abandoned as a young student. One day a call came from our daughter to see if I could help her with color theory for a college painting class.  We painted all weekend and that was the exactly the nudge I needed to put a paint brush back in my hand. I soon realized how excited I felt to paint again and how much I wanted to continue. My new art journey began .  


Exploring color and its affect on us never ceases to amaze me. Painting feels like such a  personal endeavor. It is a gift and a time to let my  intuition soar. The process is both fast and slow. There is a period of visualization, then the strokes, gestures and color compel me as I work. I am attracted to natural arches in the landscape and the changes in light both imagined and real. One painting inspires another.  The quick drying properties of acrylic paint allow me the freedom I want .


Born in Tennessee in 1955.  Lives and works as an artist in Columbia, South Carolina.  First gallery show was in 2003.  Gallery representation has been in SC and NC.  Private and corporate collectors are across the US.

Exhibitions and Galleries

2014   Friesen Gallery, Ketchum Idaho
Group Show: Filtered Exhibit 2014
2010 - present

Mitchell Hill, Charleston SC

The Vendue February 2016/ Charleston  Select Artists

Group Shows  Art for Charity Annual Show

Duo Exhibit 2012  Susan Colwell

2010 - present

Westend, West Columbia, SC 

Solo and Group Shows

2008 - present I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, Beaufort SC
Group Shows 2013 - 2014
Southern Living Home  Habersham, SC  2009
Duo Exhibit November 2009  Elena Madden and Debbie Martin
2008 - 2016 ArtSource Fine Art, Raleigh NC
Group Show Spring 2015
A New Light Duo Exhibit 2014
Expressions of Color Duo Exhibit 2012 Eva Carter and Debbie Martin
2003 - present Ellen Taylor Design/Gallery, Columbia SC
Artista Vista and Vista Lights Solo and Group Shows 2003 - 2016 
2003 - 2009 Cameo Fine Art, Columbia SC
Solo Show 2003, 2005, 2008 
2005 - present Erin Galloway Interiors, Blythewood, Columbia SC
Solo Shows 2006 - 2016 
2004 - 2007 Bus Stop Gallery, Columbia SC 
2004 - 2008 Nancy Farish Fine Art, Columbia SC 



     Publications and Awards

  • Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, July, August, September 2011                 
  • Charleston Style and Design, Fall 2012, Spring 2012 , Fall 2017, Fall 2018
  • Palmetto Twin Award /Arts 2014
  • Charleston Art Mag Summer Edition 2016 


        Charity Events

  • Mitchell Hill Art for Charity
  • American Heart Association
  • Juvenile Diabetes
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Life Chance Columbia Classical Ballet
  • Dining with Friends Columbia